Huakailani Robotics Team Moves Up To Next Level Saturday

Robots seem to be everywhere these days, and some of their biggest fans are the littlest people.

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Aida (left) and Lexi make some adjustments to Huakailani's award-winning entry in the VEX IQ. Teammate Ember (far left) works on another part.

Huakailani School for Girls in Kailua (for grades K-6), for example, won the Design Award in November at a VEX IQ Challenge qualifying tournament at Pearl City High School. That recognition means the eight-member team will move on to the next qualifying tourney this Saturday at Island Pacific Academy in Kapolei.

The design award is given to the team that “demonstrates an organized and professional approach to the design process, project and time management and team organization.” Each girl kept an engineering book to document how the experience helped her to better understand the process, along with practicing critical life skills.

Presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, the VEX IQ Challenge is a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program for elementary and middle school students that gives them more affordable access to the inspiration, excitement and learning that comes from building a robot.